Introduction: Make a Schematic

This is a brief video tutorial on schematic capture in Diptrace.  If you're thinking of designing a circuit board, you might find it useful.

This is the first part of a multi-part series - this video runs about 6 minutes. Of course, let me know if you've got any questions!

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Joelson Filipe (author)2011-12-11

Dear Gadget Gangster and/or AndyGadget ,

I have made my schematic, then what do I do ahead? Can you help me please?
And is it possible to copy the image to paint? cause i make my PCBs at home.
please mail your replies to joelsonfilipe@hotmail.com with the place where you found my plea...

About the circuit:
This Circuit is a phone charger. I found this Circuit on
https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-USB-iPhone-iPod-Charger-On-The-Cheep/step4/Prep-the-Tin/
I have done the drawing using Paint application in Windows
please help me with it...

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belliedroot (author)2010-05-27

I have been interested in printing circuit boards and sometimes just putting together a quick schematics that are not hand drawn. Look forward to up coming tutorials. My not knowing alot about these type of programs, are there advantages/ disadvantages using Diptrace over other programs?

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The two programs I've used most are Eagle and Diptrace;

Eagle; 
Pros; most popular, runs on windows, Mac, Linux
Cons; Really crappy UI, freeware version is limited to 4"x3" boards

Diptrace;
Pros: excellent UI, easy file export, less handicapped freeware
Cons; less popular, windows only

If you already know eagle or you don't have a windows machine, the choice is easy.  Otherwise, I think Diptrace is better - much easier to use and just as powerful.  But both are freeware, you can download each and try them out for yourself.




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Thanks for this tutorial! Let me just add that Diptrace is now available for Mac. It runs under the Wine/X11 emulator, so it's a bit slow and clunky, but it works!

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Thanks for the helpful info!